FEATURED: Matthew Bourne’s ‘The Red Shoes’ Returns for 2019

Matthew Bourne’s ‘The Red Shoes‘ Returns for 2019

‘The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion’.

  New Adventures is delighted to announce that Matthew Bourne’s ‘The Red Shoes’ will return in 2019.

  The two-time Olivier-Award winning adaptation of the legendary film dazzled audiences across the UK and USA during its sell-out tour in 2016/17.

  Now, it’s back for a national tour, which will begin on Monday 18th November at Theatre Royal Plymouth, running until Saturday 23rd November, before visiting The Lowry, Salford, from Tuesday 26th November to Saturday 30th November, ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, London, from Tuesday 3rd December to Sunday 19th January 2020.

  World famous dancer, actor and choreographer, Adam Cooper returns to New Adventures after more than 20 years, to play the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario Boris Lermontov; and one of New Adventures most loved dancers, Ashley Shaw, returns to the role of Victoria Page having first created it for the 2016 World Premiere Season.

  Matthew Bourne said: “The return of Adam Cooper after 20 years is a major event in New Adventures history. Through his iconic role as The Swan, Adam is still an inspirational figure for many of my dancers so I am delighted that the current generation of company stars will get the chance to work alongside him in ‘The Red Shoes’. Adam and I have talked many times over the years about working together again so I am utterly thrilled to have finally managed to persuade him to come home to his New Adventures family in the perfect role of Boris Lermontov, another iconic role that I’m sure he will make all his own.”

  This will be the third time Adam Cooper has collaborated with Matthew Bourne. He first worked with Matthew in 1995 to create the iconic role of The Swan in ‘Swan Lake‘. He played the role in London, New York, LA and Japan, for which he won a Time Out Award, Evening Standard Award, Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer and a received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor. Adam returned to work with Matthew Bourne a second time in 1997, creating the role of The Pilot in ‘Cinderella‘ in London and LA. He also famously portrayed ‘grown up Billy’ dancing as The Swan in the 2000 film ‘Billy Elliot‘. Adam’s many theatre credits include ‘Singin’ in the Rain‘, ‘On Your Toes‘ and ‘Guys and Dolls‘.

  Ashley Shaw has most recently performed in the title role of Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella‘ in the UK, China, Japan and America. For her role as Victoria Page in ‘The Red Shoes‘ she won the Hospital Club 100 Award for Theatre and Performance 2017 and the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance 2017. Her other credits for New Adventures include: Aurora in ‘Sleeping Beauty‘; Lana in ‘The Car Man‘; Kim Boggs in ‘Edward Scissorhands‘ and Princess Sugar in ‘Nutcracker!‘.

  Also confirmed to revive their acclaimed created roles from the original cast are Dominic North as Julian, Liam Mower as Ivan, Michela Meazza as Irina, Glenn Graham as Grischa and Cordelia Braithwaite who also plays Victoria Page. 

  Set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, ‘The Red Shoes’ features orchestrations by Terry Davies – played by the New Adventures Orchestra – with cinematic designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothius and projection by Duncan McLean.

  Further tour dates for 2020 and casting will be announced shortly.

‘An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart’.


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